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WBFO Brief October 17, 2022

As screens take over more and more of our lives, a South Buffalo bookstore is running a program to have kids read more hands-on books. WBFO's Mike Desmond goes inside "Dog Ear Books" . Also more about crime on the campaign trail in Albany, a look at former Pres. Donald Trump's endorsement of republican Lee Zeldin for NYS Governor, and Pres. Biden's "infrastructure czar" visits Buffalo today.

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  • If it's Friday, it's Theater Talk today with Anthony and Peter with some behind the scenes information on a lawsuit at Shea's, and several plays, musicals, ballets and opera openings. Also an agreement - this time- between Democrats and Republicans on re-drawing NYS assembly districts. And approval of an Erie County budget that includes a property tax decrease, news of a toll increase on the Thruway, and a state report that shows harsher discipline for Black prisoners than others in NYS.
  • Buffalo teachers- in their third year without a contract- have issued a vote of "no confidence" in Superintendent Tonja Williams. Also today , the press to have the City Of Buffalo add an ADA coordinator, the Bennett Tigers head into their Class AA state championship game this weekend trying to put an odd dispute behind them, and Gov. Kathy Hochul has a chance to achieve any number of firsts in her selection of the state's highest judge.
  • The shutdown of a WNY nursing home accused of fraud and bad care, the latest numbers on COVID cases in WNY, and a ban on crypto currency mining- the use of massive amounts of electricity from fossil fuels to power Bitcoin computers- is underway in NYS.
  • The latest on Payton Gendron's guilty plea to state murder and domestic terror charges in the Tops shooting massacre that killed 10 people and injured 3 others on May 14. Also today a push for donations to Catholic Charities and a COVID-19 memorial tree in Kenmore.
  • The latest on morning snow closings, road advisories and cleanout plans after this weekend’s massive snowfalls. Travel bans are in place for Lackawanna and south Buffalo, and work continues in those places and across Erie County. Buffalo, Hamburg and Lackawanna among the schools closed.
  • We have the latest on the lake effect snows, including a chat with the National Weather Service, Also word of a upcoming guilty plea on state charges by accused Tops shooter Payton Gendron, the push for a statewide ban on crypto-currency mining, and ... if it's Friday, It's Theater Talk- this week with a Buffalo-born actor Stephen Stocking on Broadway in "Death of a Salesman"
  • The Erie County Department of Public Works is gearing up - and ready they say- for intense Lake Effect snow forecast for Thursday. M&T Bank is developing a multi-cultural business development lab with a pitch competition and mentorship. An audit of the NYS unemployment insurance system during the COVID pandemic shows billions of dollars in overpayments. . Also, a delay in the lawsuit against the city of Buffalo on re-districting city council boundaries and a shortage of some prescription medicines in Ontario is not abating.
  • Gov. Kathy Hochul is pushing back on calls to oust Jay Jacobs as the NYS Democratic Party Chairman. Also, a unique look at Buffalo's alleys- and the historic nature of what could be found there. And efforts to preserve the Seneca language. Also, remembering the Tops shooting 6 months later. Canisius College moves away from testing as an admission tool.
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  • Imagine being an immigrant taking a 16 year journey from Eritrea to get to Buffalo. Hear some of the stories from inside Buffalo's Vive La Casa immigration and refugee shelter. Also, a look at Governor Kathy Hochul's agenda after being elected Tuesday. And federal officials have joined the investigation into Thursday's shooting at Alba Di Vida, Hispanos Unidos' methadone clinic on Virginia Street. And if it's Friday, it's Theater Talk, today with Anthony and Peter talking of all the big offerings on Buffalo's stage right now— including Ujima's "Toni Stone" and Shea's "Tina".